Taking Tesla Private at $420? What’s Going On, Elon?

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CEO Elon Musk published a letter that detailed his plans to take private. Following the news company’s stock price rising as much as 11%.

Nexter.org tries to figure out what reason led to such announcement and what we will change.

What’s going on, Musk?

 CEO Elon Musk published a letter Tuesday detailing his motive for taking the company private.

The letter was published to ’s website about two and a half hours after his tweet Tuesday afternoon that said he wants to take the company private at $420 per share.

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Musk’s tweet said that he had obtained the funding to take private, but his letter says nothing about it. The letter also states “a final decision has not yet been made” whether or not to take private.

halted its stock prior to the release of Musk’s letter. The stock was up as high as 11% when it started trading again after the letter was published. It closed the day up 10.99%.

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Source: markets.businessinsider

Important to mention that, if does go private, it will not merge with SpaceX, according to Musk.

“The intention is not to merge SpaceX and . They would continue to have separate ownership and governance structures,” he said in an email to employees.

Why does he do it?

  • Taking private would mean no more public equity funding issues

When was just getting started, issuing stock wasn’t an issue — it’s what a company with many years of growth is supposed to do. Musk, however, has been promising investors he won’t have to dilute current shareholders by issuing more stock, and given how ’s bonds have performed since they were issued, debt might not be an option either. Taking out at $420 would make that promise true, and put ’s funding under less scrutiny.

  • It would mean no more pesky questions for Musk from analysts

As a public company, has to file financial results with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and take questions from Wall Street analysts, who act as a proxy for real money investors. While Musk took an apologetic tone with analysts during ’s second-quarter call, it was only three months ago that he was calling questions “bonehead.” Having to answer questions would be a thing of the past.

  • short sellers would feel the pain

’s stock gained 16% on Aug. 2 after its second-quarter earnings. But despite the rise, funds betting against have been hanging tight. If the stock gets taken out at $420, however, those shorts will take a bath. Of course, just the mention of a possible take out is squeezing the shorts, and probably forcing many of them to consider whether to cut their losses.

Is that legal?

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The medium is the message, and when words make money, the medium is heavily scrutinized. As such, the financial markets operate under strict policies for disclosure processes.

According to a correspondent with the Financial Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission declined to comment on whether Musk violated any disclosure rules by issuing the market-moving announcement in an informal tweet.

But former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt told CNBC he saw problems with Musk’s tweets, noting that the mention of a go-private price is “highly unprecedented … and raises significant questions about what his intent was.” If Musk can’t prove the allegedly secured funding at $420 per share, he may be accused of market manipulation or market fraud.

What does expert say?

Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management and a CNBC contributor, said has operational problems and has lost 50 key staffers.

“There’s a lot of problems here. He can’t afford to build the new factory that he says he wants to build. This is a distracting strategy like attacking the press,” he said.

“Nobody, when they’re looking at a privatization, dangles this way and does this sort of teasing dance of choreography. Somebody only does this when they are trying to distract us with a shiny new thing,” Sonnenfeld said on ” Power Lunch.”


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Everything You Need to Know About Elon Musk's Desire to Take Tesla Private: Reasons to Do It, Consequences and What Experts Say
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